Being in the heart of Montreal's bar scene makes good sense for this Irish haven. Folks come for imported draft beer from ... More
Hurley's Irish Pub
Being in the heart of Montreal's bar scene makes good sense for this Irish haven. Folks come for imported draft beer from the old country and the ultra pubby atmosphere, which is set in a beautiful stone building with several working fireplaces. Most of the warmth comes from the live traditional Celtic music, Irish whiskeys and highland single malts. A solid pub grub menu is offered as well (Bookie's Special steak sandwich on baguette). The clientele is made up mostly of locals, but outsiders are more than welcome and are quickly accepted into the clan.
We were told to go to this pub from our concierge across the street. We were quite surprised how dingy and smelly it was. I noticed that they had carpeting? Who in the world puts down carpeting in a bar! The place felt very closterphobic. Very low ceilings and no ventilation. The place was pretty quite for a Saturday night. Good band but terrible atmosphere. I told the concierge that I think he must be getting a kickback for sending customers. He told me that it used to be a great pub a few years back. It certainly is not anymore.
I love Salty Dog. They are an excellent blend of Celtic music and lively entertainment. I go to Montreal, just to listen to Rocky and the band! The only negative, is that it is a small area nad sometimes, it's hard to get in and then seats are at a premium. It's worth the wait, though!!!
I was at Hurley's several times, a few years ago while visiting Montreal to watch some hockey. We stayed right across the street and had just arrived in town and wanted something to eat and drink. We crossed the street and lo and behold we found this GREAT pub! The Irish stew (made with Guinness, of course) was fabulous, as was the atmosphere, staff and of course, the BEER! I will definitely return the next time I'm in Montreal!
Hurley's embodies all that is great about Ireland, Canada, and even Montreal(which has its own distinct Irish history). There's great live music, firendly patrons and an amaizing selection of beer to keep the visitor well taken care of.
Any visitor should make this a stop on the Montreal tour.
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